FREEDOM SUMMER of 1964
FEBRUARY 18 11 AM – 12:15 PM
Ammerman Campus, Selden, Suffolk County Community College, Huntington Library
Civil Rights Activist, writer and artist Bernice Sims who was visited by civil rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman on the day they were murdered in 1964 will speak about her experiences with students who will also have the opportunity to view The Herblock exhibit of civil rights drawings on display courtesy of the Library of Congress and the Herb Block Foundation.
The exhibit, The Long March, includes Block’s cartoons from the 50s and 60s advocating for civil rights and chronicling our history of segregation.
The three murdered men were among volunteers from around the country who had travelled to Mississippi to help get black residents registered to vote and establish Freedom Schools. The schools were part of the civil rights movement to help African-Americans gain equality. The students’ deaths were immortalized in the movie Mississippi Burning.
Micahel Schwerner, 24, and Andrew Goodman, 20, both from New York, and James Chaney, a 21-year-old from Mississippi — stopped by Sims’ family home in Meridian, Mississippi on the day they were murdered. Chaney had been a next-door neighbor and knew Sims’ family, including her two older brothers, who, like Sims, were volunteers for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and working for the local movement.
Organized by the Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity & Human Understanding, Inc., the program is intended to educate students about the conditions that led to the civil rights movement, the important changes it brought about, and how young people can participate in the challenges that confront us.
Bernice Sims, now resides on Long Island. The program will also include reflections from Christopher Shults, who will relate how a later generation views conditions today.
WHEN: February 18, 2015, 11 am
WHO: Bernice Sims and Christopher Shults
WHERE: Suffolk County Community College, Ammerman Campus, Huntington Library
Contact: Steven Schrier